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At the last words of Babun , Silindu cried out as if he had been struck : " Aiyo !
aiyo ! they take even my daughter from me . Is there money in the house ? No. Is
there rice ? No. Is there kurakkan , or chillies , or jaggery , * or salt even ?
Are the words in the jungle nothing then ? Did you lie to me when you said you
would come to my house ? They are right then when they say that women's
words are lies — in the morning one thing , at night another . Did I not tell you that
Evil words ? A child of eight ? ” “ Chi , chi . But he came here with evil words and
lies . ” “ Lies ? What did he say ? That your face is very fair , and that all men
desire you ? ” " Aiya , aiya , do not speak like that . He spoke shameful words .
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kaitanya64 - LibraryThing
Set in colonial Ceylon, this novel is vivid and readable. While the author clearly illustrates a particular culture and time, that of a rural family in the "dry" forest area, where life is ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Steve38 - LibraryThing
Dear me but this is a depressing book. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong for the main characters. Written from the point of view of impoverished, uneducated jungle dwellers in Sri Lanka by ... Read full review